Travelling watch, Salomon Hendrikszoon Coster, c. 1650
This plain case contains a movement incorporating the most modern ideas of its time. Salomon Coster was one of the leading clockmakers of his day. He was in contact with eminent scientists, such as Christiaan Huygens, who were trying to increase the precision of timekeeping instruments. As a result, Coster’s table clocks were internationally renowned. The men portrayed on this watch may be scholars.